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September 15, 2015

Accenture ascends cloud with Sherpas acquisition

Cloud Sherpas specialise in cloud services such as Google and Salesforce.

By James Nunns

Accenture is strengthening its cloud services with the acquisition of Cloud Sherpas.

Cloud Sherpas offer cloud advisory and technology services that specialise in Google, Salesforce and ServiceNow.

Accenture will be hoping to benefit from the specialisation in order to better provide cloud strategy, technology consulting, and cloud application implementation services.

The acquisition will result in 1,100 professionals from Cloud Sherpas joining the newly created Accenture Cloud First Applications team. This team is dedicated to delivering cloud services such as NetSuite, ServiceNow, Salesforce and Google.

Paul Daugherty, CTO, Accenture, said: "We’ve reached a tipping point in cloud as our clients rapidly adopt cloud solutions.

"Accenture‘s Cloud First agenda is a game-changer that offers transformational cloud services to help clients move their businesses to the cloud and achieve significant business results more quickly. I look forward to welcoming the talented professionals of Cloud Sherpas to Accenture."

Cloud Sherpas was founded in 2007 and is a global strategic consulting partner of Salesforce.

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Keith Block, vice chairman and president, Salesforce, said: "The combination of two strategic partners is exciting for our ecosystem and proof positive of momentum around our Customer Success Platform.

"This move further highlights how our world-class platform is helping ecosystem partners like Accenture and Cloud Sherpas innovate and deliver phenomenal levels of transformation and success for our customers."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Goldman Sachs is acting as a financial adviser.

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